Lesson 12 of Volume III of The Mystery of History is entitled, "Leonardo da Vinci Paints the Mona Lisa." It was a perfect time for us to be studying it because it lined up with our study of Italy in our World Geography co-op. (That post is coming soon.)
After reading about da Vinci in the text, we read more about him on page 286 of The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (we use this often to supplement our history lessons) ...
... in Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Da Vinci by Mike Venezia (these are great) ...
... and on pages 10-15 of Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull.
Next, we studied da Vinci's famous works in this Dover Leonardo art sticker book.
We mounted each masterpiece sticker onto black cardstock under the title, "Artwork by Leonardo da Vinci" ...
... and punched holes in the side so we could place it in our binder.
We then focused on his most famous piece, the Mona Lisa. First, we read about this remarkable painting on pages 14-15 of The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings, entitled, "Mona Lisa."
Then we recreated this piece using the sticker art from this Paint by Sticker: Masterpieces sticker book. (We love these books!)
Here is Mags, constructing her Mona Lisa in stickers.
The end result looked great!
In our World Geography co-op, each child presents a small project to share something they studied in each country. Maggie presented her Mona Lisa, with an oral presentation, in our co-op of Italy. (As mentioned above, that post on Italy will be on the blog soon.)